Eclectic Method vs Vjay

Eclectic Method has been doing the VJ thing on YouTube for six years! He recently posted a video of remixing his own videos in Vjay, as part of an epic 8 minute set. At least stick through it till you get to the Eddie Murphy laugh!

The Bill Murray video is also pretty funny. It is possibly the best tribute to anyone. Ever. It really makes you appreciate how influential Bill has been in modern culture. If you want something a little bit more musical there is the Cultural Funking Overload.

Buy Vjay on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

Sample Lab gets Dropbox Sync

Just a few days after fotoh gave us the free MagMIDI app, there is a welcomed update for Sample Lab. Now with Dropbox you can sync samples between your iDevices and computers easily... without fighting with iTune's file-sharing!

Buy Sample Lab on iTunes: $6.99

Alchemy Synth Update

Camel Audio's Alchemy just got an update and a little sale on their presets. Dubstep, Dance&Trance, and Bigtone are all 60% off.

What's new:

  • Keyboard scales accessible from 'Key' button
  • Easy to use slide out keyboard menu
  • Larger menu on iPad
  • Bug fixes

New Features which integrate with upcoming Alchemy v1.5 on Mac/PC; Polyphonic pitch bend, Improved Alchemy desktop preset import via single bundled file.

Please update to iOS 5 to continue receiving updates - this is the last iOS 4 compatible update.

Buy Alchemy Synth Mobile on iTunes: Free

Here is a video review from reader Nuno Zimas.

PPG Wavegenerator is out!

It is here! Thanks very much to Duke for sending me an email just before I head to bed!

iTunes Description:

PPG WaveGenerator is the latest development from the inventor of wavetable synthesis, Wolfgang Palm. It is a next generation synthesizer, building on the heritage of the PPG Wave keyboards.

The PPG WaveGenerator comes with a multitude of wavetables. The sound material contains the typical sounds from the original PPG wave models, as well as many new sounds generated by versatile analysis tools and also hand edited waves.

This app enables the user, to create his own wavetables in a playful way, and to hear the result immediately. Also you can construct the waves by adding harmonics very precise.

Buy PPG WaveGenerator on iTunes: $19.99

Buyer's Guide Update: Akai SynthStation

Akai have responded to my chief criticisms for their SynthStation app. Previously you'd have to navigate through menu after menu to get to most synth paramters, and there was no on-screen keyboard for testing patch changes if you did not have a MIDI keyboard plugged in.

Both of these issues have been corrected, leading to an elevation in rating from Pass to Meh. It isn't an amazing experience, but it sounds good and it is only $2.

Still think I'm being too harsh? Share your thoughts!

iPad Music App Buyer’s Guide Rating: Meh

Recommendation: Akai have succesfully polished this turd. There are better synth-studios, but none for $2.

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